Virtual Volunteer Comments
The highlight of my experience was definitely seeing the students every day and teaching them. Their smiles made me smile and that was worth the entire experience. Being a remote intern with Outreach360 was one of the best decisions I could have made, especially during this time in the world. While chaos is exploding around us, in so many different forms, I found something that brought me peace. It not only served others through education during a time that created harder conditions for students across the world to learn, but brought me happiness and fulfillment that also transferred through the computer from my home in Canada to the students in the Dominican Republic. I am so glad I decided to partake in such a rewarding program, as although I didn't move from my home, it still felt like an adventure.
Gabrielle Freeman, University of British Columbia
This experience reminded me of what it's like to be a kid. All my students have endless dreams for their futures and show up to class everyday with so much joy and gratitude for the opportunity to learn. To be able to play a small role in building towards their dreams is a very humbling experience that I will always cherish. In many ways, they have all played a part in creating my future, and I plan to carry their joy and gratefulness with me beyond this virtual internship.
Camryn Pedersen, University of British Columbia
This is a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself. It's an amazing opportunity to serve students with so much enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Victoria Alexis, University of Southern California
If you love learning, as well as helping others in their own personal development, this is the place for you. I am so grateful for this opportunity I had to further develop my Spanish, as well as the added benefit of positively impacting the lives of others around the world in my effort to help them learn English. I say go for it! I am definitely going to do this again.
Mitchell Hiddessen, Colorado School of Mines
The highlight was feeling the kids' love for learning, their passion, and simply the love that they had to share. Becoming an Outreach360 remote intern will be the absolute greatest blessing that would ever be bestowed on your life. You will learn twice, if not more, than what you will teach. Making that personal connection with these amazing kids is something that you will always love and cherish forever.
Daniella Tomaselli, Kennesaw State University
I have learned to take a chance. This internship came out of the blue and with little time. I was hesitant to try it, but after looking into Outreach360 and the work they have done, I decided to act. And that was, hands down, one risk that turned out right. Despite many stressful events, this opportunity to talk with native Spanish speakers has been a highlight of my semester. Being a teacher has been daunting, but my other teachers and Lead Teacher Audrey have been very supportive during this process. The students were all very kind and shared our patience with miscommunications. Learning about their way of life and beliefs has broadened my own perspective. This internship has taught me that some risks are well worth taking. I am most proud of my students! Despite prior and current internet connection issues, four of our students prevailed in attending the science class. This was especially difficult for the three people last week right after the storm, as we had progressed to an advanced lesson. They were persistent in staying in class and amazing when they could participate! The Spanish class is getting better as well as both teachers and students are asking and answering more questions and with more in-depth answers. The students really are the highlight of my Saturdays! I communicated love by asking my students questions about their day and themselves. I think it is important to do that (even if frozen with nerves) because it shows them that we care about them, not just the class or what they are learning. I think I also continued to communicate love in my Spanish class by asking specific questions about their culture and the people in it to specific students, thanking them for correcting my pronunciation, and showing a genuine interest in what they had to say.
Navi Muhammed, Columbus State University
Outreach 360 has the most positive learning environment that could ever be imagined. There is nothing better than serving through this organization and being able to first-hand see the difference that you can make in these young students' academic journey. Opening up Zoom and seeing their smiling faces and eagerness to learn brings hope for our future generations through seeing their love and passion for learning. You will probably learn more from these students than what you could ever teach them by their resilience and their passion for learning. There is no better organization to be a part of and Outreach360 will forever be a part of my life and I will always be Outreach360 because of the experiences and the love that I have felt from them and for them.
Daniella Tomaselli, Kennesaw State University
Outreach 360 is a program that I am glad I participated in. The organization showed much support and encouragement to the interns, it is a unique and rewarding program to be a part of. Not only do you make a difference by teaching the students, but you get to learn a lot as well.
Diamond Haughton, Georgia State University
A highlight was having kids in the English class explain the why behind some of the words which showed me that they are really understanding the concept. In my Spanish class, a highlight was just having normal conversations with them and having them share more about their lives and their interests.
Belkis Montas, Northeastern University
Outreach 360 is a very fulfilling experience to help provide education to wonderful children and obtain memories for a lifetime.
Natalie Brooks, University of Maryland
Highlights were connecting with the students and learning about their culture. Volunteering for Outreach360, be it for a few months or even a couple of weeks, is an incredibly rewarding experience that allows you to learn and grow so much as a person. Throughout the course of this internship, you begin to feel empowered and motivated into helping others and becoming the best version of yourself. All my students were so driven and passionate about learning. Their hunger for learning and good nature has inspired me in unfathomable ways. In a way, they are an example of the type of student I strive to be at my university.
Haya Saad, University of Maryland
Seeing the curiosity on the students faces and their willingness every day to learn and question was inspiring and something I will never forget. The look a student would give when they finally understood a hard topic was beyond incredible! I will miss that everyday joy a lot, I can’t wait to come back! If someone came to me and said they were thinking of becoming a remote intern for Outreach360, I would say jump right in! This is a unique opportunity that you don’t want to miss. It’s not every day you get the chance to be given an opportunity while creating opportunities for others. The students will inspire and push you to grow in ways you’ve never been. So, jump right in and make an impact!
Kailianne Riggott, Hope College
I found this internship to be a really cool experience, even virtual, and I really enjoyed helping to teach English to students from around the world. I think a lot of friends or classmates of mine also learning Spanish in college right now would think this was a really cool opportunity, both because it's a way for them to practice and use their Spanish skills but also as a resume builder. I had a really fun time during these 8 weeks, and communication with staff and other teachers was good and understanding. It was a really easy time commitment that didn't interfere with my studies, and also helped me to learn more as well.
Beck Lukins, Grand Valley State University
It is a very unique internship with many fun and amazing students and organizers.
Tori Wright, Kalamazoo College
This is a great opportunity to work with students in other countries and learn how to adapt your communication skills to different English levels. The students are so excited to learn and so eager to engage with their teachers and new content. It was really rewarding to be able to work with the students online every week. I enjoyed every moment of it!
Eleanor Smith, Alma College
Outreach360 is truly an experience. Whenever I log on to a class, I always have a smile on my face because I am excited to see my students and to watch them grow. Outreach360 also provides an amazing opportunity to practice your Spanish with native speakers!
Meghan Hesterman, University of Minnesota - Duluth
This is a great opportunity to connect with international students and share knowledge about your home country while learning about theirs! You are really able to give back and see the students' joy when learning, which is so rewarding.
Kayla Togneri, Macalester College
You would not regret this experience. It was very entertaining and useful.
Giovanni Gutierrez, University of Missouri
I could truly see my students learning to become more outspoken individuals throughout my semester with them. I believe that I truly had an impact on them by allowing them to learn about STEM topics by discussing it in the English language with a native English speaker. While this internship did not require too much of a commitment, it required enough (professional development) to actually make an impact on me as an intern and to help me grow. Also having the opportunity to give and to see the impact that I have had on my students has been really rewarding.
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Brent Prenger, University of Missouri
My favorite parts were being impressed by how much my students already knew. It's very impressive that my students can say and do things in English that I can't even do in Spanish. I love how I was challenged to be creative in my lessons. I'll never forget the first day when a student asked me what a magazine is and I got stumped at first trying to explain it without using Spanish. Most of all, I enjoyed seeing my students smile and laugh. That was the biggest highlight of it all. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about teaching English while making a positive impact on students less fortunate than myself. It seems scary at first to be put in charge of leading an English conversation and lesson, but once you get started you won't want to stop.
Jarrett Hopewell, University of Montana
I communicated love by smiling and reassuring the students that they were doing a great job with their speaking and encouraging them to try the different exercises we did during class! I have learned to how to be patient with myself and the students when silence breaks out in the classrooms, instead of letting it become prolonged I do my best to take it upon myself and fill in the gaps in order to encourage the participation of the other members. Even if I make a mistake or struggle I know that showing that little bit of vulnerability or lending a smile when the students are practicing their english can help to stimulate more conversations or engagement from the rest of the group. It's really taught me how to lead by example and helped me develop more patience than i've had previously, seeing the students become more confident week after week has been such an amazing pleasure. It has also helped me to realize that our world is such a big place full of different people; there is always something to learn about or that you can use to better yourself by gaining a more full understanding. This course has helped me to realize that learning is something that is not dependent on the age of a person, we are constantly learning and improving throughout all the different stages of our lives.
Davilyn Yates, UNLV
Highlights were being silly with the kids and seeing how much knowledge they obtained from the lessons. This service opportunity is truly life-changing! The kids are so wide-eyed and ready to absorb as much knowledge from you as they can. It is amazing how much their love for learning impacts you, especially not knowing each other's language.
Alexis Emond, Southern New Hampshire University
The experience was very valuable and impactful.
Audrey Bradley, University of New Hampshire
I believe that I helped my students be more confident in their English speaking and listening skills and that improvement in this area is a crucial key that can unlock many doors in life, especially for those in Latin America. If you are thinking about a career in teaching, service, etc., this is a great way to get some hands-on experience in a way that's easy to balance with the rest of a busy schedule.
Marc-Anthony Giudice, University of New Hampshire
It's such an amazing opportunity as a health science major to share my knowledge with other people. 100% recommendable.
Paola Brena, Franklin Pierce University
This internship has helped me communicate complicated science topics more effectively. Science is already a difficult topic to talk about, and creating these presentations and talking about them has helped me figure out ways to make science easy and fun. I have also learned how to be more tech savy as my school did not use zoom for virtual learning. With virtual presentations, I feel that I have become more aware of how I am presenting as well.
Madison Perry, Caldwell University
I communicated love by being supportive of students' answers. I tried to create a comfortable environment for students to share their thoughts and opinions. I had a great time today talking to students in a fun and safe environment.
Molly Royek, Drew University
I enjoyed my entire experience. From bonding with the other interns, to Spanish classes, to having that one on one time with our students, all of the memories I made will have a special place in my heart. The students inspire you just as much as you inspire them. Not only do you learn so much about yourself, but you also learn how to serve and motivate these amazing kids.
Maya Ardon, Brooklyn College
All of my past experiences working with students have been in person. This definitely taught me how to interact with students on a meaningful level virtually. Who knows if by the time I graduate college online learning will still be in full effect. This was definitely a great experience.
Natalie Maleszewski, SUNY Cortland
Throughout this month, there were so many amazing memories that have come out of this experience. I loved admitting the students from the Zoom waiting room every day and seeing their smiling faces and hearing them say "Hi Teachers, how are you today?". The student’s passion for learning is undoubtedly inspiring to me as a fellow student. I enjoyed being able to share my love for science/health with the students. One student even expressed to me on our last day of class how surprised they were at how much they enjoyed learning about science/health. The topics were really relatable and useful to the student's daily lives, and they really enjoyed learning about them. I wholeheartedly recommend Outreach360's Remote Internship program! It has been the highlight of my summer. Getting to connect and share my love of science/health with the students is something that I will cherish forever. If you are considering joining the program, do it! I promise you will not regret it.
Abby Siegel, Cornell University
It's an amazing experience and it's something super special to the students and also for us.
Nicole Collins, SUNY Cortland
I have learned so much from this internship, but one lesson that really stood out to me is how much of a two way street learning is. Being the teacher does not mean that you are the only one teaching. I have shared my knowledge and my experiences with my students, but they have all also taught me so much in return. They have asked thought provoking questions that inspired me to do further research and they have all brought their own experiences to our virtual classroom and I have learned a lot about their worlds. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful and committed learners and they have in turn inspired excitement in me to keep learning and delve deeper into the topics that I have been presenting on.
Marissa Kokinis, Vassar College
The highlight was seeing the children smile when they understood a concept. It feels like you are there in person teaching them.
Aurora Some, Metropolitan College of New York
The highlight of my remote intern experience was watching my students grow over the course of four weeks. I saw their confidence expand in ways that honor their voice and show that they are leaders in their communities and classrooms. Become an Outreach360 remote intern! You are allowing students to push their own levels of creativity, leadership, and motivation in the classroom. You will feel happiness unlike any other, knowing that your students learned new vocabulary every day and saw their own potential. You make a huge difference in their lives, even without realizing it.
Amanda Dettman, Marist College
I think the highlights were the little moments throughout our English classes. I loved watching the students' smiles and reactions when we presented new material and/or fun visuals and videos. I loved when students would share about their life during an exercise and when they would speak up and answer our questions during class. In general, I loved the students' excitement and commitment to learning. They are such wonderful people. This internship was an amazing and happy experience for me. I learned a lot about leadership and how to conduct a class. Everyone involved in this program, from the leaders to the teachers/interns to the students, are incredibly inspiring and lots can be learned from all of them. I have gained valuable skills, knowledge, and experiences through this internship that I will take with me and remember forever. The internship is an important experience that I would recommend to everyone because not only do you learn a lot, but it also helps you to acknowledge and appreciate the little things and all you have in life.
Sabina Smith, St. Lawrence University
Getting to know the staff and other teachers through reflections certainly helped refine my teaching methodologies. Their positivity helped me become a better person and know my role as an intern to provide new opportunities for children in Nicaragua. You would never regret this experience. Being able to virtually intern through Outreach360 has been amazing, and just as impactful as the in-country experiences prior. I hope to once again visit in person, but I know that these students are getting a great education thanks to volunteers all around the world who join through virtual classrooms.
Brandon Roy, Cornell University
Honestly everything was a highlight, but seeing the children smile and laugh and enjoy themselves was amazing. Knowing that the children are truly learning from you and absorbing the information you give them is great. Hearing them speak perfect English makes your heart feel so full. Also, all of the staff that I worked with were a huge highlight as well. If you are considering becoming part of the Outreach360 community or just considering volunteering for any kind of nonprofit organization, I cannot think of a better organization to be a part of than this one. I have volunteered on three separate occasions for Outreach360 in three different circumstances and there is not a better experience out there that will give you a sense of belonging and purpose like this one does. This is more than just a volunteer experience, it is becoming part of something that is way bigger than yourself and a huge step to becoming a global citizen. Many people say certain experiences change their lives, but my experiences with Outreach360 was an experience that did more than just change my life. It hit a chord that most people may not feel in their entire lifetime. Words can't describe what these experiences have been like for myself and my family.
Owen Frank, SUNY Geneseo
The highlight of my internship experience was the Spanish lesson on slang. I think the students became so comfortable in that moment and really enjoyed their time teaching me a bit about the everyday words they use. They laughed so much and I think it was a really relaxed lesson that made them feel comfortable to open up. This is a great experience and definitely worth a try. It is super beneficial to help these students grow and engage in the English language, and to be a part of that experience is quite an opportunity!
Alexsandra Hernandez, Stony Brook University
The highlight was being able to bond with the students on a personal level. Honestly this experience impacted me more than I impacted the kids because not only did I teach others but learned from them too.
Dena Nguyen, UNC-Greensboro
The highlights included being able to inspire the students as they also inspired me in return. I loved reflecting with the other interns and also learning more about myself through this experience. This is not an opportunity you want to walk away from. I truly enjoyed every second and every aspect of my experience. I thought I would just be supporting such a wonderful cause and I did not expect to learn so much about myself in just a month. This was the second time I have worked with Outreach360, and a third time very well may be on the way.
Annarose Wilkinson, North Carolina State University
The highlight of my remote intern experience with Outreach360 was creating a connection with the students and sharing education with children outside of my community. Education is something I value so highly and never take for granted, and I think it is amazing to be able to spread my passion for education throughout the global community. I believe that becoming an Outreach360 remote intern is the absolute best decision you can make. It is so rewarding to be able to pass along education experiences to the students, but also to be able to grow as an individual. I am leaving this experience with such a strong sense of the global community I belong to, and feel dedication to continue to serve as a global citizen in as many ways as I can. The students and the team from Outreach360 make all the difference for this experience - if given the chance I would not say no to the powerful opportunity to serve!
Emily Hadubiak, Fanshawe College
Highlights included the students and the Leadership for Social Change program. Honestly, the whole program was beyond what I was expecting! This is honestly the best experience I have ever been a part of and has changed the way I interact with my day to day world. Everyone would come benefit from being part of an organization like Outreach360!
Danny Carrillo, Western University
Highlights were seeing how excited the students were to be together and learn every class. I loved the Leadership and Social Change course. The class talked about deep topics that I didn't know about before and they really got me thinking. The leading with lollipops concept really has had me thinking for quite a while now and it really changed my way of thinking. I learned that leadership is a process not a position. Also, I loved our virtual excursions where we got to see the town of Monte Cristi and see Mecho! It has been 5 years for me since I was a volunteer with Outreach360 and to see the town again brought back so many memories. Our final class with everyone will be very memorable! I am so touched by the kind words from the students. I would absolutely encourage others to become remote interns with Outreach360! This has been such a rewarding and eye-opening experience that I wouldn't trade it for anything. If you say you don't have the time; well it's only four hours a day for four weeks. If you say you don't have the money; fund-raise! If you say you aren't a teacher; there is lots of training to prepare you! If you say you are not good with technology; we weren't either but we figured it out. And if you say you aren't good with kids; well these kids will change your life!
Mandy Peters, Georgian College
Highlights were watching each student become more open, and sharing our personal dreams and goals! Being able to encourage and inspire the students is something I will forever be grateful for. This is an incredible opportunity to both serve others and grow in your own personal leadership and speaking skills. Each and every background and specialty have a part to play, with students so curious and eager to learn, diverse backgrounds were fundamental in creating an optimal classroom experience. I would especially encourage a virtual internship, as it is an amazing way to develop technological skills that directly translate into current worldly communications. This experience, and especially the students, will serve you greatly!
Hannah Miller, Algonquin College
Outreach360 has created an amazing platform that provides the opportunity for growth as a teacher and a student, the program helps develop and build skills and apply them at an international level. It is the ideal opportunity to learn from and with students and teachers from all across the globe. It was by far the most surreal experience in my teaching career and I am thrilled to be a part of this program again, come January.
Prerna Balani, Western University
Highlights included making connections with the students and the other interns! Seeing all of the students every day, watching them grow and learn more and seeing how much they loved class and looked up to me. 100% do it! It will be the best experience of your life and will have such an unmatched impact on you and on the students. This experience will be truly life-changing and you will never forget it.
Abby Medvic, University of Pittsburgh
I felt like I made a connection with each of my students. I knew their strengths, weaknesses, what makes them laugh, and even what time they got up in the morning. It was not an experience just for teaching English, you make long lasting connections with the students and fellow interns that will stick with you forever. If you want to make a difference in children's' lives, while also making a difference in your own, Outreach360 is the place for you! Being a remote intern will not only allow you to connect with and teach the kids, but also give you new skills to use in all aspects of life.
Carly Campbell, Elizabethtown College
The highlight of my internship with Outreach360 was most likely the moments I got to share with the students where I truly saw how excited they were to learn about these different topics that they were interested in, while still being able to have fun in an educational way! This program is one of the greatest experiences I have gotten to join, and to say that it was fun and exciting during such uncertain times has been such a blessing. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend joining the program, it is truly a great opportunity you do not want to miss out on!
Dominique Preate, University of Scranton
Truly an amazing opportunity and experience. Helping students whose only form of education comes from you is extremely powerful. The gift of knowledge is not universal, it's a privilege to be taught, and passing on that knowledge to another generation is very impactful.
Breanne Warner, Sewickley Academy
Do it! It is such a wonderful experience to interact and learn with students from around the world. You learn so much about being a leader and so much about a different culture.
Paul Garza, St. Mary’s University
Highlights of the experience include learning more about Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic culture, as well as building a relationship with my co-intern. Outreach360 opens your eyes to the beauty and joy in connecting with students across countries, cultures, and time zones and enables you to use your knowledge to contribute to someone else's empowerment. The best thing about it, however, is the balanced exchange of knowledge as the students help us develop our own language skills.
Jane Southgate, Baylor University
After having volunteered for Outreach360 several times, I can say that the experience is absolutely worth it. From forming a connection with each and every student, to having an impact on the opportunities that each student can gain access to, the experience that Outreach360 provides is truly life changing for both the student and yourself. Outreach360 helps students reach so many opportunities while also helping you to become a better teacher.
Austin Levant, Christopher Newport University
This is an amazing way to serve, learn about education, and make strong connections.
Megan Czaban, Christopher Newport University
I loved watching the students evolve. I observed their skills at the beginning of the session and then at the end, and I definitely see improvement. It is amazing to see what they have accomplished. I would highly recommend participating in the program. Outreach360 is an amazing organization that has allowed students to pursue what they want. It focuses its efforts on the education of all its students. However, it also recognizes the hard work of the teacher. I will always be thankful for the time I spent as a remote intern.
Lydia Sweeney, Norfolk Academy
A highlight was having the opportunity to interact with others. Through talking to my fellow teachers and students from a different country, I gained real-world experience. It's a great opportunity to not only volunteer but to impact the lives of others.
Lauren Forseth, Washington State University
Obviously we have spent several weeks with the students and know them better than at the beginning. I would love to teach more on the topics they are interested and help provide activities to enhance their understanding. I want to get them to participate and understand as much as possible in the last two weeks we have. They have come so far and it is really exciting to see their progress.
Heather Anderson, Pacific Lutheran University
I had many highlights throughout this experience. I have learned so much about myself as a person as well as how I can make an impact on others. I loved seeing the students smile. Their energy and excitement to learn is so admirable. I also enjoyed learning about Nicaragua and the students. It now has a special place in my heart. If someone I knew was interested in becoming a remote intern for Outreach360, I would encourage them to do it. It is a very rewarding program for yourself and the students. They appreciate you very much and you will appreciate them and the mark they leave on you as well.
Marissa Denlinger, West Virginia University